No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) is a bystander intervention program created by women for women and the men who care about them. It was established to educate communities about sexual assault and to create a culture that does not wait for someone else to take action. In addition to serving as a public awareness campaign this program includes, curriculum based educational initiatives for college students as well as functioning NWLB chapters located on campuses throughout the country.
Adedoyin is from Lagos, Nigeria, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. She enjoys puzzles, board games, trying out new food, random dancing, and exploring the city. She has 4 sisters and is passionate about all women being treated with respect and equality without exception. She joined Society of Women Engineers her first year at the U of A. As a member of No Woman Left Behind, she hopes to learn more about increasing awareness about sexual abuse and domestic violence. She believes every woman should be an advocate for those whose voices are not heard.
Jo is from Plano, Texas, a graduating senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. She loves to try new foods and hanging out with friends. Jo is excited to be a part of No Woman Left Behind because she wants to soften the hearts and open the eyes of others in her community. Jo believes that the issue of sexual assault needs to be put at the forefront of the discussion table in order to initiate true change.
The idea for No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) came from students at Sacramento State University in the summer of 2007 after reading about the De Anza college rape case. Several members of the De Anza college baseball team allegedly assaulted a young girl at a party. No one at the party of over 50 people offered to help until three women from the De Anza soccer team intervened, fought off the players, and brought the girl to the hospital for treatment. Later, one woman at the party told a reporter that she saw ten people cheering baseball players who were engaging in sex with the girl. She did not interfere because “I didn’t think of it as a rape situation.”
No Woman Left Behind was inspired by Lauren Bryeans, April Grolle and Lauren Chief Elk, members of the women’s soccer team at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. We would also like to acknowledge the survivor of the sexual assault. Her courage is truly inspiring. Her strength, as well as the strength of all sexual assault survivors is remarkable.
In the spring of 2010 One Student (formerly Unite for Change) became the official headquarters for the No Woman Left Behind Campaign. One Student is privileged to be able to give this incredible campaign a home within our organization and honored to have the opportunity to continue to spread the message of courage and sisterhood that was inspired by four young women.